EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural cra·ni·ums, cra·ni·a . [ krey-nee- uh] /ˈkreɪ ni ə/ the skull of a vertebrate. the part of the skull that encloses the brain. Origin of cranium 1375–1425; late Middle English craneum
Medieval Latin crānium
skull; akin to
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They must act, and they must end, according to the influences of their
crania, there are tusks and incisors in both jaws, but in others neither, or the former only.
We are sufficiently grateful for the hundred or more well-authenticated ancient Greek
crania of any sort which remain to us.
That part of your book which compares the
crania or skulls of the different races is superb. British Dictionary definitions for crania noun plural -niums or -nia ( -nɪə) the skull of a vertebrate the part of the skull that encloses the brain Nontechnical name: brainpan Word Origin for cranium
C16: from Medieval Latin
crānium skull, from Greek kranion
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Word Origin and History for crania n.
1540s, from Medieval Latin
cranium, from Greek kranion "skull, upper part of the head," related to kara (poetic kras) "head," from PIE root *ker- "horn, head" (see horn (n.)). Strictly, the bones which enclose the brain.
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Medicine definitions for crania n. pl. cra•ni•ums The bony case enclosing the brain, excluding the bones of the face; braincase.
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Science definitions for crania Plural craniums crania The vertebrate skull, especially the part that encloses and protects the brain.
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Culture definitions for crania
The part of the skull that encloses the
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